February 4, 1939 in New York City, New York
Best Known For:
Directing "Night of the Living Dead" and other films in the 'Dead' series.
Born to George M. and Ann Romero in New York City, American director George Andrew Romero spent his childhood years growing up in the Bronx, New York. As a teenager he received an 8 mm camera as a birthday gift from his parents, and soon was filming everything in sight. After completing high school, George Romero moved to Pittsburgh to attend the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) where he studied art, design and theater.
After graduating with a BA in 1961, George Romero formed the company Latent Image, to produce industrial films and television commercials. This wasn't exactly what he was looking for, however, so he collaborated with a group of friends to produce his first feature, "Night of the Flesh Eaters," with a budget of just $114,000. Renamed "Night of the Living Dead" (1968) by its distributor, the film became a landmark cult film and quickly launched Romero into the spotlight.
"Night of the Living Dead" was just the beginning of Romero's contributions to American film. A few years later he wrote and directed "The Crazies" (a.k.a. "Code Name: Trixie" 1973), which explored the effects of chemical poisoning in a small Pennsylvania town. Over the next 30+ years, George Romero would go on to write, edit, direct, or act in several dozen movies. He even appeared as an FBI agent in "Silence of the Lambs."
The films for which Romero is best known are the films of the 'Dead' series -- "Night of the Living Dead" (1968), "Dawn of the Dead" (1978), "Day of the Dead" (1985) and "Land of the Dead" (2005). Other notable films include "Martin" (1978) and "Creepshow" (1982).
Considered by many to be the father of the modern day horror film, George A. Romero is one of Pittsburgh's best-known artists. Most of his movies were filmed here in Pittsburgh and he still lives in the area with his family.